Catafalque party member, Flight Sergeant Graham Hogno, salutes as the last post is played in front of guests at the dawn service.
Catafalque party member, Flight Sergeant Graham Hogno, salutes as the last post is played in front of guests at the dawn service.

Amberley stops for the Anzacs

RAAF Base Amberley has again paid tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who contributed so much in shaping the identity of our proud nation.

The Anzac spirit lives in the heart and minds of all Australians, nowhere more than in bases such as Amberley.

Each year the base conducts a special Anzac Day service but of course this year was extraordinary. The ADF supported Anzac Day activities at home and overseas during this year's Anzac Day commemorations.

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One hundred years after the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, more than 2200 ADF personnel commemorated Anzac Day on operations around the world.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said the Anzacs extraordinary determination and bravery at Gallipoli continued to inspire Australian service men and women on operations.

As we paused to commemorate a century of service, Australians were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Others are supporting United Nations missions, protecting our borders or on duty in Australia.

"Despite the wide and varied nature of our operations, the men and women of today's ADF share the qualities as those in the past - no task too big, no job too hard," Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

"We enjoy a laugh, but we get the job done, and we do it well."

While the nation was focussed on commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, ADF personnel who were deployed on Anzac Day mark this important milestone in Australia's history with traditional Dawn Services and ceremonies in locations across the Middle East region, in Africa and at sea.

The ADF support more than 1400 Anzac Day activities to pay respects to more than 102,000 Australians who died in conflicts.

"As Australian Defence Force personnel, we recognise we are both heirs and guardians of the Anzac legacy - we embrace it with great respect and dignity and aspire to uphold its ideals in honour of all those who served before us and beside us," Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.